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Brief on Grace

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I’m going to read off some defanitions of a word, and  I want to see if you can guess what the word is.

–noun

1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.

2. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment.

3. favor or good will.

4. a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled from school.

5. mercy; clemency; pardon: an act of grace.

6. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.

7. an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty applied: The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days’ grace before the policy lapses. Compare grace period.

8. Theology .

a. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of god.

b. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.

c. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.

d. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.

9. moral strength: the grace to perform a duty.

10. a short prayer before or after a meal, in which a blessing is asked and thanks are given.

11. ( usually initial capital letter ) a formal title used in addressing or mentioning a duke, duchess, or archbishop, and formerly also a sovereign (usually preceded by your, his,  etc.).

12. Graces, Classical Mythology . the goddesses of beauty, daughters of zeus and Eurynome, worshiped in Greece as the Charities and in Rome as the Gratiae.

13. Music . grace note.

–verb (used with object)

14. to lend or add grace to; adorn: Many fine paintings graced the rooms of the house.

15. to favor or honor: to grace an occasion with one’s presence.

—Idioms

16. fall from grace,

a. Theology . to relapse into sin or disfavor.

b. to lose favor; be discredited: He fell from grace when the boss found out he had lied.

17. have the grace to, to be so kind as to: Would you have the grace to help, please?

18. in someone’s good / bad graces, regarded with favor (or disfavor) by someone: It is a wonder that I have managed to stay in her good graces this long.

19. with bad grace, reluctantly; grudgingly: He apologized, but did so with bad grace. Also, with a bad grace.

20. with good grace, willingly; ungrudgingly: She took on the extra work with good grace.

 

What does Grace mean to a Christian?

Grace is God’s unmerited favor. That is, grace is God doing good for us that we do not deserve. In the Bible, grace and mercy are like two heads of the same coin. Mercy is God withholding judgment or evil that I deserve; grace is God giving me blessing or good that I do not deserve. Because of God’s mercy, I do not receive the judgment of God against my sins; because of God’s grace, I receive eternal life and a promise of heaven though I do not deserve them. Both mercy and grace come to me though the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

It is mentioned in the Bible 170 times, love appears 310 times in 280 verses

What does it take to get into Heaven?

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~ Ephesians 2:1-10

 

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
~Titus 2 11-14

 

Grace is how we get into heaven,

I always like to say “As long as you believe God sent Jesus to die for your sins because he loves you, your going to heaven, everything else you do is like whip cream onto pot maintain that relationship.

what can we do with it?
(Go and share it)

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

~Romans 1:1-7

24 “‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
~Numbers 6:24-26

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/grace

http://www.learnthebible.org/what-is-grace.html

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March 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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God’s Team

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If you could be on any professional sports team, what would it be?

We are the rivals of that team?

I’m a Bearkat from SHSU, and our rivals are the SFA Lumberjacks. At any of the games they play together, things can get ugly.We’d win some and they would win some, that is the way it is in this world, no one is perfect and can win every game.

Now imagine if you where on God’s team and God was your coach, Jesus was assistant coach and the Holy Spirit was giving you signals about what to do next.

Who would we be playing against?

What are Satan’s weapons against us?

Doing research online, I found a lot of websites saying that his biggest weapon is fear. What do you think?

FDR said “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.”

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
And there are countless more.

God is encouraging us each and every way possible, through our church, friends and family. But the Devil is there to fight us all the way, using his weapons.

But we have something that we can wear to fight back, the armor of God.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

~Ephesians 6:10-18

 

It is easy to give into fear and let the Devil think he won, but we’ve got God on our side, what then shall we fear? Pick up the bat, the ball, and get in your uniform, God is your coach, he has the whole game plan line out and know what to do for you.

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February 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

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Does it really matter?

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What does fellowship mean to you?

According to Merriam-Webster the definition of FELLOWSHIP:

1: companionship, company

2 a : community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience b : the state of being a fellow or associate

3: a company of equals or friends : association

4: the quality or state of being comradely

5 obsolete : membership, partnership

6a : the position of a fellow (as of a university) b : the stipend of a fellow c : a foundation for the providing of such a stipend

 

 

* What does church mean to you?

According to Merriam-Webster the definition of CHURCH:

1: a building for public and especially Christian worship

2: the clergy or officialdom of a religious body

3 often capitalized : a body or organization of religious believers: as a : the whole body of Christians b : denomination <the Presbyterian church> c : congregation

4: a public divine worship <goes to church every Sunday>

5: the clerical profession <considered the church as a possible career>

 

*Does it really matter what church we go to?

*What are some reasons why we attend the church we go to?

 

*God does have a reason for you to be where you are.

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin
~1 John 1: 5-7

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!

2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

~Psalm 133:1-3

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
~Hebrews 10:19-25

*What are you interested in talking about in future bible studies?

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February 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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Why am I here

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I just got declined from another job that I interviewed for. I told God that I would praise him no matter what happened. So in turn, I guess I wanted to start this blog to help others. I started a Bible Study a few weeks ago and God has helped me a lot with the people in it. I decided to develop this blog to post what I did as lessons for the Bible Study for anyone that wants to use them can, their God’s, not mine. I am new here, and I will do my best to figure things out. Feel free to comment and talk about the post, I am more than willing to help any body that has questions.

 

God Bless!

Nate

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February 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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February 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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